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Arizona Fall League

Prospects set to shine on AFL Opening Day

September 17, 2019

For nearly three decades, the Arizona Fall League has had a very simple mission: Help finish the development process by getting Minor League prospects ready for the big leagues. That won’t change as the 28th season of the AFL gets underway on Wednesday with night games in Glendale, Mesa and

AFL prospects participate in development program

September 16, 2019

PHOENIX -- The privilege of being a prospect at any level comes with responsibilities -- on and off the field -- and the participants in this year’s Arizona Fall League were reminded of those obligations Monday in Arizona. More than 200 of the league’s prospects participated in a program called

Here's each team's top AFL prospect

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September 12, 2019

Next week marks the beginning of the 2019 Arizona Fall League, with Opening Day scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18. With seven players from every organization comprising six different teams, the AFL is considered a stepping stone en route to the Major Leagues because it offers players a unique chance to

AFL will be a good test for prospect Paredes

September 10, 2019

DETROIT -- The Tigers will spend October watching the postseason from afar, but one move by a contending club to try to boost its playoff chances could have ramifications for Detroit’s rebuilding effort. When the Cubs called up top prospect Nico Hoerner to help fill a void at shortstop created

No. 8 prospect Thompson named to AFL roster

August 28, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Four Rangers prospects were named as participants for the 2019 Arizona Fall League, with rosters unveiled on Wednesday. Outfielder Bubba Thompson, catcher Matt Whatley and right-handers Josh Advocate and Cole Uvila will be playing for the Surprise Saguaros starting on Sept. 18, getting the chance to compete for

Arizona Fall League rosters revealed

August 28, 2019

While Minor League regular seasons and playoffs will end by mid-September, several of baseball's best prospects will continue to show their skills in the Arizona Fall League, which begins play on Sept. 18. Angels outfielder Jo Adell, Twins players Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff and Astros right-hander Forrest Whitley highlight

MLB announces 2019 Arizona Fall League schedule

July 30, 2019

PHOENIX -- Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced the 2019 Arizona Fall League (AFL) schedule, which features the earliest start date and most night games in league history as well as several games against teams from the Mexican Pacific League. AFL Opening Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 18, with

Arizona Fall League alumni pack Opening Day rosters

April 2, 2019

The Arizona Fall League has helped so many Major Leaguers get their start over the years, and it showed on the 2019 Opening Day rosters.More than half of the players on MLB Opening Day 25-man rosters this season are AFL alumni -- 391 of the 750 total active players.Several of

Posey accepts AFL Hall of Fame plaque

March 21, 2019

Before he was a Rookie of the Year, MVP or three-time World Series champion with the Giants, Buster Posey was playing for the Scottsdale Scorpions as a prospect in the Arizona Fall League.Last season, Posey was inducted into the Arizona Fall League's Hall of Fame. And on Thursday he accepted

Changes coming to Arizona Fall League in 2019

March 19, 2019

The Arizona Fall League was started in 1992 by Major League Baseball to serve as a developmental tool to get the game’s top Minor Leaguers ready for a career in the Majors. That ultimate objective won’t change in 2019, but some changes are coming for the fall finishing school. Major

Fall League unveils Top Prospects team

December 10, 2018

Braxton Davidson's dramatic walk-off homer in the 10th inning back on Nov. 17th lifted the Peoria Javelinas to back-to-back Arizona Fall League titles and signified the end of the AFL season.However, here at MLB Pipeline, coverage of the AFL is constant. Following the on-the-field play, we have released our top

Here are the Arizona Fall League's Top 25 prospects

November 26, 2018

The bats usually outshine the arms in the Arizona Fall League, because teams aren't going to pile more innings on arms that completed a full regular season without interruption.That was true again this fall, though there was a new twist. For the first time in recent memory, the AFL featured

Here's the 2018 All-Arizona Fall League Team

November 26, 2018

Since the Arizona Fall League wrapped up last Saturday, MLB Pipeline has been finding a variety of ways to analyze who stood out in the league's 27th season. There's been a story on breakout prospects as well as a look at the top Statcast™ performances of the season. An AFL

Top Statcast performers during 2018 AFL season

November 21, 2018

Analytical information isn't always easy to come by in the Arizona Fall League. It's why MLB Pipeline so often relies on scouts in attendance as well as services like TrackMan to help provide the measureables (e.g., velocity, home-to-first times, catcher pop times, etc.) we use in our AFL game stories.Statcast™

Here are the AFL's Top 10 breakout prospects

November 19, 2018

The Arizona Fall League's exciting championship game on Saturday tied a bow on a six-week season that saw several of MLB Pipeline's more highly touted prospects, led by Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Forrest Whitley and league MVP Keston Hiura, all move a step closer toward reaching Major Leagues.But so much of

Davidson walks it off, gets helped off in AFL title win

Braves prospect hits game-winning homer, injures himself celebrating
November 17, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Peoria Javelinas are back-to-back champs.:: Complete coveraege of the 2018 AFL championship game ::Braxton Davidson (Braves) lifted the Javelinas to a 3-2 win over Salt River with a walk-off homer in the 10th inning of Saturday's Arizona Fall League championship game."Indescribable," Buddy Reed, the Padres' No. 13

These 8 players stood out in the AFL title game

November 17, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Braxton Davidson delivered one of the most dramatic home runs in Arizona Fall League history, propelling the Peoria Javelinas to their second consecutive championship Saturday afternoon.The Braves first baseman hammered a 2-1 pitch up in the strike zone from Salt River Rafters left-hander Taylor Guilbeau (Nationals) to

In new unis, Marlins look good in AFL title game

Yamamoto fans 6 in 4 scoreless frames; Harrison picks up RBI single
November 17, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jordan Yamamoto capped a strong 2018 campaign with a scoreless start in the Arizona Fall League Championship game, which Peoria won 3-2 in 10 innings Saturday.• GamedayYamamoto, who went 3-0 with a 2.08 ERA through six starts (26 innings) during the AFL's regular season, spun four scoreless

Pirates' Tucker wins AFL sportsmanship award

November 17, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Throughout his life, shortstop Cole Tucker has always been able to relate well to a wide variety of people."For whatever reason I've always been that 'glue guy' that guy that's friends with everybody," Tucker said. "It's something I take pride in. I want to walk into every

Brewers' hitting machine Hiura named AFL MVP

November 17, 2018

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Keston Hiura hit in college, has hit everywhere he's played in the Minors and continued to rake in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named league MVP.The Brewers' No. 1 prospect (No. 30 overall) hit .323/.371/.563 through 23 games with the Peoria Javelinas. He also collected

Starting lineups for Saturday's AFL championship game

November 17, 2018

Below are tentative starting lineups for the Arizona Fall League's 2018 championship game. Saturday's game can be viewed live on MLB Network and beginning at 3 p.m. ET.:: Complete coveraege of the 2018 AFL championship game ::SALT RIVER RAFTERS (EAST DIVISION)1. SS: Jazz Chisholm (D-backs No. 3)

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Top MVP candidates to collide in AFL championship

Broadcast live on MLB Network, at 3 p.m. ET Saturday
November 16, 2018

The Peoria Javelinas and Salt River Rafters feature the Arizona Fall League's two most talented rosters, two best offenses and two leading candidates for the circuit's Joe Black MVP Award. On Saturday, they'll settle who has the better team.Peoria and Salt River will meet for the AFL championship at 3

Hoerner caps strong AFL season with 3-hit game

November 15, 2018

MESA, Ariz. -- Both Nico Hoerner and the Cubs were excited to see how he'd fare in his first taste of pro ball after they drafted him 24th overall in June. But his pro debut lasted just 14 games before he strained ligaments in his left elbow diving for a

Whitley caps stellar AFL campaign with dominant start

November 15, 2018

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Forrest Whitley took the field at the Peoria Sports Complex on Thursday in brilliant form, striking out nine players in five innings for the Scottsdale Scorpions.Whitley, the Astros' No. 2 prospect and No. 8 overall , allowed no walks, one hit and no runs in his final

Here's what happened in Thursday's AFL action

November 15, 2018

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday:• Gameday:Mesa 11, Surprise 10 | Peoria 2, Scottsdale 1 | Glendale 4, Salt River 2AL EastBlue Jays (Surprise)Blue Jays No. 22 prospectSantiago Espinal was 1-for-4 with a two-run single. Shawn Morimando started and lasted